Monthly Archives: January 2011

Humanity Card: Revoked

What is it, exactly, that motivates women to have late-term abortions? I’ve always believed that it was a number of factors. A late discovery of the pregnancy, lack of access to abortion services, fetal abnormalities discovered in the second or third trimester – all could potentially play a part. Or so I thought.

Turns out I was wrong. According to conservative blogger Ace of Spades, women get late term abortions for one reason, and one reason only: because they feel like it. In an attempt to refute what Jill of Feministing wrote about the horrific Kermit Gosnell case Ace states:

I think that almost all of the women in question just showed up for a late-term abortion because they decided they wanted a late-term abortion. I do not believe literally hundreds of women all received the rather rare diagnosis of your-life-is-in-danger-if-you-carry-to-term. In fact, I would hazard a guess that exactly none of them did.

Which makes sense, right? It’s happened to me so many times – I wake up one morning, and I think “Hey, carrying a fetus for two trimesters has been fun and all, but undergoing a painful, expensive, risky, possibly illegal, and definitely hard to obtain procedure is so much more hip and modern than giving birth.” I guess that’s my irrational lady-mind at work again. I mean, George Tiller risked – and eventually lost – his life defending women’s right to have late-term abortions just for fun.

If you’re following that logic, then of course abortion access needs to be restricted. Women obviously can’t be trusted to make their own decisions. If we start giving them free reign over their bodies all hell might break loose. Which is why no one has been born in Canada since 1988.

Seriously, what is this, I don’t even.

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The Triumphant Return

I’ve missed blogging. The last six months have been tough, and the lack of inspiration and/or consistent internet access made it almost impossible for me to write. Now that I’m back in Canada, and (sadly) back in front of the computer for 8-10 hours a day, that will definitely change.

Those of you who have been around the feminist blogosphere for more than a week are probably familiar with Privilege Denying Dude. I was a huge fan of the meme when it was first created, and followed the ensuing drama with an enthusiasm that I usually reserve for TV shows set in space. At the time, I was also in France, researching eighteenth-century political culture. It is possible that I had far too much time on my hands. That is the only explanation that I can provide for what I am about to show you.

So without further ado, and with apologies to the Marquis de Lafayette (he just has such a great face!) I give you…

Privil├Ęge Denying Dude.

(Eleven more after the jump.)

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